Actor James Franco reached a preliminary settlement following a lawsuit in which he was accused of intimidating students at a film school he founded to obtain gratuitous sexual situations.
According to the lawsuit, Franco, who is known for his roles in projects such as Zeroville, The Disaster Artist, Spring breakers Y 127 hours, took advantage of female students.
Now, both Franco, and the students who filed a joint lawsuit, have sent a document to the Los Angeles Superior Court, indicating to a judge that they had reached an agreement, however, some aspects of the lawsuit could still stand.
The actresses and alumni Sarath Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal They began the process in 2019 and their lawsuit alleged that Franco was pressuring them to interpret increasingly explicit sexual scenes in an “orgy-type context” that went far beyond what was acceptable on the set.
Franco was trying to create a source of young women subjected to their sexual and professional exploitation, in the name of education, “said the lawsuit, which was withdrawn on February 11.
According to the young women, James Franco made them believe that those who accepted his terms could participate in the films of the also director.
The lawsuit stated that the incidents had occurred during a master class on sex scenes, given by Franco at Studio 4, which opened in 2014 and closed in 2017.
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According to AP, both parties reached a negotiation after months, however, although the class action lawsuit is no longer, the accusations of sexual exploitation of other plaintiffs in the process will be dismissed, which implies that they can return to appear outside the class action lawsuit.
When the lawsuit was filed, Franco’s lawyers praised the #MeToo movement They helped inspire the lawsuit, but they dismissed the allegations as “false and sensational.”
The document did not indicate how much money could have been included in the agreement that James Franco reached after the complaints.
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the lawsuit was filed, Franco said the allegations against him were inaccurate, although he added: “If I have done something wrong, I will fix it. I must do it”.
Franco, 42, known primarily for starring in comedies with Seth Rogen, has maintained a low profile since the allegations emerged in what was a highly productive period for the actor, culminating in the award-winning film. The Disaster Artist.
With information from AP.